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Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands (Connecting the Greater West Series) Hardcover – June 27, 2018

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"Brenden Rensink's deeply empathetic treatment of Cree, Chippewa, and Yaqui migrants into the United States is a long overdue effort to put border-crossing native peoples at the center of modern North American borderlands history." -- Benjamin H. Johnson, coeditor of Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories and author of Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place, and Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans.
(Benjamin H. Johnson, Loyola University Chicago)

"That people can be indigenous and alien at the same time is a testament to the caprice of national borders and a reminder of their coercive power. Brenden Rensink recovers the struggles and improbably victories of Chippewas, Crees, and Yaquis who sought to escape state violence by migrating to the US. This timely, probing book has something important to say about indigeneity, migration, and national belonging." -- Brian DeLay, author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the US-Mexican War
(Brian DeLay, UC-Berkley)

"This book is an important and welcome addition to North America's continental, comparative, borderlands historiography. Bringing the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the US-Canadian and US-Mexican borderlands into the same analysis represents a long-overdue step forward for the field. Rensink's analysis will also encourage a broader and historically-informed reconsideration of the meaning of words like immigrant and refugee, and the nature of Indigenous sovereignty." -- Sheila McManus, author of The Line which Separates: Race, Gender and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands
(Sheila McManus, University of Lethbridge)

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Supplementary materials, sources, and discussions about the book are available at the companion website, nativebutforeign.org.

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